Matthew Richard Kolb, 24, of Alderbrook Lane passed Friday due to injuries from a tragic accident. He was born with a spirit his flesh could not contain and lived every day to its fullest. Matt was talented, charismatic, and seemed to excel in almost everything he did. He was just beginning a career in merchandising with the Red Bull Corporation in Northampton. He graduated from West Springfield High School in 2014 and during his senior year there he earned All Western Mass honors for soccer and was on the West Springfield 2013 Soccer Team that won the State Division I Title. He attended Holyoke Community College and while there won the team’s M.V.P. honors. After that he served there as an Assistant Soccer Coach. He loved all sports and was a gifted athlete. He was the M.V.P. of our hearts. Even in death he continued his giving by being an organ donor. The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Chestnut ICU, especially Beth for their care and for playing Matt’s music to him. The family would also like to express their appreciation to all of those involved in the Memorial Drive By at their home last Sunday. The West Springfield Police and Fire, Mayor Will Reichelt, and the crowds of friends, family and supporters helping them through this most difficult time. He was the beloved son of Kevin and Cheryl (St. Jean) Kolb of West Springfield, loving brother of Seth Kolb and Bryan Miles both of West Springfield, and Alison Martins of Fitchburg, MA, and cherished grandson of Joan (Deubell) Kolb of West Springfield. Matt also leaves several, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. He was predeceased by his devoted grandparents; Thomas W. Kolb and Richard A. and Marilyn (Greer) St. Jean. All Funeral Services will be private and Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home has been entrusted with all arrangements. There will be Celebration of Life Service scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in Matt’s memory may be made to the Matthew Kolb Memorial Fund by visiting Alison Martins Facebook page or to a charity of one’s choice.
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